Owning a Healthy Pet for an Everlasting Friendship

A healthy pet dog is being examined by a veterinarian.

There’s nothing better than a healthy pet!

The friendship between you and your pet is a special bond. As an owner, you have the responsibility of taking care of your pet and making sure that friendship lasts a long time. The best kind of pet is a healthy pet and that depends on you. How you manage their well-being can make a difference in their quality of life. Need help figuring out what you should be doing? Well, if you focus on any of the following then you’ll be on the right track.

Find the Right Food

If there is one thing that we as humans are constantly careful about, it’s what we eat. We agonize over every piece of food and how it effects our body. That’s because we don’t want to do more harm than good. The same should go for your pet. You should be carefully curating the type of food you are feeding them. Do some research, find out the best diets for dogs, cats, bird, lizards, etc. It all depends on the type of pet you have. You should also focus on key health points like:

  • Building the immune system
  • Maintaining proper digestion
  • Keeping bones and joints healthy and strong
  • Avoiding unhealthy foods

Don’t Overfeed Your Pets

One mistake that a lot of new pet owners make is overfeeding their pets. As eager as we are to make sure that they are eating enough, we tend to overdo it. Pets can suffer from obesity. In fact, it’s a common problem amongst pets that decreases their life expectancy. Moderate how much they eat by checking serving sizes. This will prevent conditions like heart disease and diabetes from cropping up.

Keep Their Mouth Clean

Oral health is important for anyone – pets and owners alike. A healthy pet has healthy teeth, otherwise, they will end up suffering from dental diseases that cause all sorts of problems. No one should have to see their pet struggle to eat because their teeth hurt. Also, the longer you leave the issue untreated, the worse it will become. We suggest finding inventive ways to clean your pet’s teeth like treats and toys.

Don’t Skip the Vet

While you can do everything to clean, feed, and groom your pet, you have to prepare for the unexpected. That means taking your pet to the veterinarian regularly. A professional veterinarian will be able to look for and find signs of trouble that you are certain to miss. Even more, they’ll pass on knowledge and advice to help you keep your pet in great shape. It’s important to find issue early before they become a problem you cannot handle.

Choose Healthy Pet Food and Accessories at the Pet Shop

If you need the right food or toys to help your pet stay healthy, visit us at the Pet Shop. We have plenty of food, toys, and accessories to choose from. We offer the best brands available and cater to a wide variety of pets, so we’re sure you’ll find just what you need. Don’t let your pet’s health slip by, keep them with you for a long time.

Picking a Small Pet at the Pet Shop

Veiled chameleon on a branch, which is a small pet.

What small pet will you bring home?

Pets come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s usually the little ones that grab our hearts. Most small pets are adorable and fluffy, which only add to their appeal. You’ve probably thought about stopping by the Pet Shop and grabbing a small pet of your own. Before you do, find out your options.

What Type of Small Pet Do You Want?

If you are having trouble finding the right small pet, we think we can help. At the Pet Shop, we have a whole catalog of small and wonderful animals to choose from. There are plenty of pets out there, and you should consider the ones that fit your lifestyle. We guarantee that you can find your new best friend here!

The Lovely Pets at the Pet Shop

  • Rodents – All types of cute rodents come here. That includes domestic mice and rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters. That’s not all. We even have some of the more exotic animals. For example, we have chinchillas with the softest of fur and degus with the cutest eyes.
  • Sugar Gliders – These tiny marsupials are usually confused for rodents, and it’s hard not to see why. A fun fact is that they are more closely related to kangaroos and koala bears. The advantage of having a sugar glider is that they are smart ones. They’ll bond with you, learn new commands, and bring joy to your life.
  • Hedgehog – What’s not to love about these spiky friends. Hedgehogs are known for the spines on their back. While they are prickly, they are equally adorable and adventurous late-night creatures. You’ll even love the moments when they curl up into a ball and turn into a spiky little ball.
  • Birds – There is nothing more majestic than seeing our avian friends fly through the air. If you are fond of our feathery friends, we have a whole selection of birds. When you come down to the Pet Shop, say hello and find the right one for you.
  • Reptiles – They’re scaly, they love the sun, and they’re the coolest friend you’ll make. Reptiles are quite awesome with their colorful scales and wonderful personalities. They also have the best smiles. Our selection of herptiles will liven up your live as you try to figure them out and pet their scaly back.
  • Fish – Fish swim to their own tune and make great small pets because they are quiet, easy to take care of and keep you calm. If you want peace in your life, a fish is the way to go. You’ll also love buying their aquarium, decorating it with all types of rocks and plants.

Visit the Pet Shop

As we said, the Pet Shop is the best place to find your new friend. As a bonus, we offer new and exciting deals every single month. If you are located in the Allston area in Massachusetts, then come down and give us a visit. We are open every day. Mention our latest online order, and you’re sure to find your pet and everything you need for the right price.

Dog Toys: Getting Your Pup the Right One

Golden retriever puppy on the grass with the ball in his teeth, which is one of his dog toys.

Dog toys make a wonderful gift for your pet.

Dogs can be messy, they can be mischievous, and they sure are hairy. However, overall, they are just bundles of joy. These pets know just when to give you proper love and affection and it’s time you returned the favor. There is nothing that makes a dog wag their tail harder than a new toy to play with. Dog toys are a great gift to give your pet, and they provide the perfect opportunity for a bonding experience. Find out which toys are the best for your dog.

Dog Ball

Dogs and their love for balls. It’s a tale as old as time, and it’s still true today. A dog ball is one of the best toys you can give your pet. The look on their face as their eyes widen in the presence of a ball is almost too precious to bear. They know a game of catch is about to occur.

One of the reasons that a dog ball is an excellent toy to give to your pet is because it’s healthy for them. Your canine friend spends most of their time loafing around the house whenever you are away. Playing a game of fetch with a ball gets them running and jumping, giving your dog the exercise they need.

Bones

A dog with a bone. They’ll sit on it, hold it close, and nibble on it all day long. Dogs love the taste of a good bone and it’s almost a challenge for them to try and break it down. There are plenty you can buy for your dog, some of which come in all different types of flavors. Supplies have everything from bacon to peanut butter flavored bones.

The best bones are the ones that are healthy for your dog. A dog’s mouth is often difficult to clean, as they don’t like to have them brushed. We suggest buying dental sticks or bones. They are a great way to clean your pet’s teeth and keep them healthy. The best part is that your dog won’t know the difference between this and a regular bone.

Chew Toys and Ropes

Bones aren’t the only thing that your dog likes to chew on. You can also buy them chew toys, ropes, and other chewable items. Some dogs are even known to grow attached to a cute plush chew toy in the shape of a dinosaur or animated character. It’s downright adorable. There are even plastic chew toys in the shape a bone. Dog toys like these are just as good for their oral hygiene as regular dental bones.

Ropes are a great toy for both you and your dog, as they are a great way for the two of you to play together. Your pet will grab one end while you grab the other, and an intense game of tug and war ensues. It’s a fun bonding experience that gets the blood pumping and their tail wagging.

Buying Dog Toys

The Pet Shop caters to all kinds of animals. Come down to our shop in Allston, Massachusetts and browse for yourself. You are sure to fine the right toy for your best friend.

Making Water Fresh: Cleaning Your Fish Aquarium

Fish aquarium with colorful tropical fish and corals.

Keep your fish aquarium nice and tidy.

Freshwater fish are magnificent creatures. Just watching them swim or admiring their beautiful scales is a treat. We love these pets because they echo our own need for calm and tranquility. They are also quiet pets who like to interact often. As a pet owner, you have to do everything to please your pet fish. It’s only right, seeing as they add so much to your life. We’ve talked before about sprucing up your fish’s aquarium to make them happy. Now, let’s go through how to clean their fish aquarium to keep them healthy.

Leave Your Fish Aquarium Spotless

Fish are some of the cleanest animals on the planet. Unfortunately, they do leave waste and their living environment tends to grow an overabundance of algae. Without maintenance, your fish can grow sick from naturally occurring chemicals like ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites. They will eventually eat less, have less energy, and if worse comes to worse, die. It is recommended that you clean your fish aquarium at least once a month. If you have multiple fish, clean it out twice a month as more fish produces more waste.

Getting the Right Supplies

For this task, you’ll need the right tools, including the following:

  • Algae pad or scraper
  • Razor blade
  • Towels
  • Paper Towels
  • Aquarium-specific glass cleaner
  • Filter brush
  • Filter media
  • Water siphon
  • Bleach
  • Large Bucket (five-gallon)

Also, remember to place your fish in a temporary bowl of fresh water until you are finished cleaning.

Working the Glass

The glass walls of your aquarium are easily the most visible section. To keep yourself clean, use rubber gloves. It is also important to use an algae pad and not any old sponge. A used sponge will introduce detergent and chemicals to the environment.

Here’s what to do. Take the algae pad and lightly scrub the affected areas, removing algae that are stuck to the walls. The tougher area with hard residue will require the razor blade. This tool will scrape off any residue that is hard and stuck to the walls.

Use the Siphon Tool and Replace Water

The siphon tool cleans gravel and unwanted debris. It also helps clean the water of fish waste, excess food, and other waste. As it does its job, have your bucket ready. Make sure that the bucket is only used for your fish aquarium to avoid unwanted chemicals.

After you have taken care to the dirty water, add new fresh water to the aquarium. Remember, the water should be the same temperature that your fish is used to. Also, have water prepared. If you use tap water, it needs to sit in a bucket or container to purge on harmful metals.

Cleaning Decorations and Finishing Up

The decorations are pretty easy to clean. They too can be cleaned with an algae pad. You can also soak them in bleach for 15 minutes, and wash them off with previously used tank water. Wash it carefully though. If any bleach remains on the decorations, it could be harmful to your fish.

The last thing you need to do is change the filter. It needs to be switched with a new one every month. If you need any of these supplies, visit the Pet Shop. We have everything your fish needs.

How to Play With a Pet Chinchilla

A cute pet chinchilla in its cage.

Have some fun playing with your pet chinchilla.

At the Pet Shop, we can’t deny how easy it is to fall in love with some of our smaller animals. In fact, one tiny critter, the chinchilla, seems to draw the attention of many pet lovers. It’s their soft skin that makes these rodents irresistible. If you decide to make this adorable little one a part of your life, you are going to need to know a few things.

The first is that a pet chinchilla is a small creature, but full of energy. These animals will crave your attention. The second thing you need to remember is to approach your chinchilla with care; they are very different from other animals. When it comes to playtime, make sure they are comfortable and enjoy your bonding experience.

They Love the Night Life

By nature, chinchillas are nocturnal animals. These pets are active and move around once the evening begins. You can’t force them to play in the middle of the day as you’ll only interrupt their sleep schedule. Take time during every night to play with your pet chinchilla for about 30 minutes to an hour.

Make Sure Your Pet Chinchilla Is Safe

We cannot stress enough how important it is that you take precautions with your pet. Chinchillas can be a bit curious, which can get them into all sorts of trouble. Have their play area prepped by placing cables, wires, and electrical out of their reach. If you can’t move these items, cover them in protective tubing. You should also look for certain spots in your home where your chinchilla might hide. You’d be surprised by how many small spaces like cracks and gaps they can fit into. Cover those spots and quarantine them somewhere they cannot get lost.

Toys Make Them Happy

There are plenty of pet toys that you can buy for your chinchilla. In fact, you don’t even have to go to the pet store to find something for them. Chinchillas like playing with the same chew toys as parrots. You can also use the cardboard rolls from paper towels.

Give Them Something to Climb On

It’s important to keep track of where you chinchilla is at times. As we mentioned before, these pets tend to find themselves in small spaces. A chinchilla is also very active and playful, meaning they will climb, jump and bounce off of everything in sight if they get the chance. We suggest buying a small step ladder or doggy steps. You can let them play on the couch or stairs in your home, just carefully watch them and make sure they don’t get into space they should not be.

Play With Them

You can’t force your chinchilla to play with you. Have some patience and wait for your pet to come to you. You can encourage them to play with you by talking with them. When your little friend makes their way over to you, pet them. Over time, your chinchilla will become more and more accustomed to being around you and come to you on their own.

Fun Ways to Play With Your Pet Parrot

Exotic colorful pet parrot, beautiful close up on bird face over natural green background, bird watching safari, South Africa wildlife

Keep your pet parrot happy with some recreational time.

Bringing a special pet parrot home is always the first and easiest step towards becoming a great pet owner. The second step involves providing them the right living environment and taking proper care of them. Finally, your last step is to show them all the love and care that they deserve. You can do this by finding a variety of interesting ways to interact with your feathery friend.

Parrots are fairly active creatures. You’ll find that they will quickly bond with and consider you a part of their flock. It’s actually quite sweet. Playing with them won’t be too hard either as they like to show affection by nibbling on your chin or messing with your hair. As far as how they act apart from you, they generally curious and intelligent. This means they tend to mess with things that they are unfamiliar with and they will feel the need to explore their surrounding outside of the cage.

Before You Let Your Pet Parrot Out of Its Cage

You may want to take precautions before you decide to let your flying friend free. They tend the go for the expensive stuff when they want to nibble on something. It is wise to put them somewhere secure and safe from their beak. Otherwise, you’ll have a mess of broken objects.

Keeping Them Preoccupied

There is a way to prevent your pet parrot from breaking any and everything they see. That involves distracting them. Look for parrot toys that they will have fun with. There are plenty that they will find endless enjoyment messing with.

One thing that you will notice that parrots like to do is mess with doors and latches. They will constantly try to figure out how to open objects as if it is some sort of puzzle. Place several durable puzzle-type toys around the house. They will mess with them for quite a while, in an attempt to figure out how it works.

Activities That You Can Do Together

If you want to interact more with your feathery friend, set aside a time for the two of you to play together. The best part is you don’t really need toys to have fun with your parrot. Playtime can be as simple as grabbing a cardboard box and throwing some crumbled newspaper inside of it. To add to the fun, take a metal object (like a kitchen appliance) and tap the side of the box while your pet is inside. They will enough the mystery of the noise.

Another fun game you can play with your parrot involves sitting him on your hand. While they are securely perched on your hand, start moving it around in an up and down motion, like a figure eight. You notice as that they will begin flapping their wings as you move them up and down. You’ll see that they enjoy this very much. While fun, this game can get tiring, so remember to take breaks every once and a while.

Hopefully, this gives you plenty to do with your special friend. If you have any trouble finding toys for your pet parrot, then contact a representative at the Pet Shop for help or visit us at the store.

Picking the Right Terrarium for Your Reptile

A small lizard crawling on the wood inside a terrarium.

Is your pet’s terrarium suitable?

A reptile is one of the few pets that needs a specialized environment to live in. You can’t just bring one home without knowing the type of reptile you have or the living conditions that need to be met in order for it to survive. At the Pet Shop, we can help you give your special scaly friend the home they deserve. Here are a few factors to consider before you decide to pick up your brand-new pet and its terrarium.

How Big Is Your Terrarium?

The size of your terrarium matters for many reasons. The first is the size of your pet. For obvious reasons, you’ll need a space that is big enough from your reptile to fit in. The second factor to consider is their behavior. Research is important before you buy any pet. You have to be able to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you planning on bringing home multiple reptiles?
  • Do they work well with others?
  • Does your reptile like to move around or stay still?

The answers to these questions will influence your choice. You’ll be surprised to know that most larger reptiles don’t require a lot of space to move around in. However, others are more territorial and will want their own space within the terrarium. In this case, you will have to find a way to arrange the contents of your terrarium for multiple reptiles.

Placing your Pet’s Living Space Within Your Home

Terrariums come in all shapes and sizes. Most reptiles will be able to function in an all-purpose terrarium. These living spaces are usually twice as long as their width and height.

In rare instances, you may decide to bring home a lizard that requires a space that is different from the norm. Reptiles that are used to living in high places, like trees or walls, will need a tall terrarium. This will give them a home that feels familiar.

As you are looking at terrariums, think about where you are going to place it within your home. Make sure you have a safe and secure spot for it. That way your pet is comfortable for a long time.

Reptiles Require Proper Ventilation

Reptiles need fresh air. Unfortunately, pet reptiles live in an enclosed space, which normally doesn’t receive proper ventilation. You can change that with the right covering and side-wall ventilation.

A roof covering must have a large wire screen, with the right size and weight. This allows a flow of air from the top of the terrarium. A side-wall ventilation should have the same kind of wire screen mesh. It is usually placed in the bottom corner of the terrarium.

There are two things you should avoid with a roof covering. The first is to avoid a wire mesh that will allow food to escape. The second is to make sure that the roof is not made of plastic, which can fall apart under intense heat.

Buying Your Reptile

Hopefully, this will make thing easier when considering a pet reptile. We have several reptiles and terrariums available at the Pet Shop. Visit today, and bring a special friend home with you.

The Best Aquarium Decorations to Buy

A fish tank with several goldfish and aquarium decorations.

Aquarium decorations add some life to your pet’s home.

The most important part of owning a fish is providing them with a space to live in. An aquarium is not just some fish tank, it’s a home. For the well-being of your new aquatic friend, give them a place that they will enjoy. Make their aquarium space an area where they can swim freely, surrounded by the things that make them happy. The best way to do this is with aquarium decorations.

As a pet owner, there is a certain joy in decorating your pet’s living space. You are adding your own little touch to their aquarium, from where everything goes to the items you decided to buy. Furthermore, it’s a little sad to see your pet swimming in nothing but four glass walls and water. The more thought that you put into setting up your pet’s fish tank the way, the more they will appreciate the love and attention they are receiving.

Aquarium Decorations

There are plenty of aquarium decorations out there in the world but which ones are the best? What items are almost guaranteed to keep your pet satisfied? To help you answers these questions, here a few decorative items we feel should be in every aquarium:

  • Decorative Rocks – You have to remember that fish are of the sea. They love to be reminded of home, and decorative rocks are a great way to do that. These rocks are made from non-toxic materials, both safe for salt and freshwater pets. This also means that they will not upset the delicate balance of the aquarium’s ecosystem.
  • Driftwood – Driftwood is a great addition to your pet’s aquarium. They come in several different shapes and sizes, making it great for pet’s who like to move around a lot. This decoration is made with multiple cavities, allowing your fish to swim in and out of it at their leisure. Also, just like the decorative rocks, they provide a natural looking environment. It is truly a delight to see them move around and hide out in these wood-like decorations.
  • Artificial Plants – If you are sensing a theme, it’s that your aquarium should be a small replica of the ocean. The rocks and driftwood are a part of making it feel more familiar. Another great decoration to add is an artificial plant. These decorations replicate the look of the plant life you would find in the sea, in all its bright colors and shapes. They also provide a remarkable and realistic-looking aquascape for your pet fish.
  • Ornaments – The decorations are more for you than your pet. They are great for adding your own unique touch to the aquarium. You can add lifelike castle, shrines, or even a tiny sunken ship to your fish’s tank. These are all safe and do not fade over time. As an added bonus, your aquatic friend will love exploring these intricate structures.

Visit the Pet Shop

If you need any of these aquarium decorations, visit the Pet Shop. We have a large variety of fish, aquariums, and decorations. We even carry brands like Hagen. It’s time to give your aquatic friend the home they deserve.

Everything You Need to Know About a Cockatiel

An adult gray Cockatiel in front of white background.

Owning a cockatiel is a pleasant experience.

Some of the best pets give us endless joy, laughs, and good times. In your search for a new companion friend, might we suggest looking into the cockatiel? These animals are quirky and lots of fun to be around, especially if you are a bird lover. Before you run out to the store to pick one up, here are a few things that you need to know about this wonderful bird.

They Talk!

Cockatiels are more closely related to cockatoos than parrots. However, they carry the distinctive trait of being able to mimic human speech. They are a bit shy when it comes to talking, so be patient. You have a better chance of hearing one talk if you bring home a male cockatiel. They are more lively than their female counterpart.

The Difference Between a Male and Female Cockatiel

You’ll notice that these are beautiful birds. Most cockatiels have feathers with a rich gray color. If you want to spot the difference between a male and female, then you have to look at the face. Males tend to have brighter yellow and orange colors on their face. With female cockatiels, the colors are less apparent and more muted by the gray colors.

Taking Care of This Bird

You and your companion pet will have to take the time the get to know one another. At first, they will be a little wary of you and their new surroundings. Take the time to gain its trust. Interact with it positively, feed it treats, and then try to pet and touch your cockatiel.

You will also want to spot the signs of sickness. Cockatiels like to move around, eat, play, and talk. If you notice that their behavior patterns have changed or they just seem down, it might be time to take them to a vet.

Are you ready to see these exotic birds live and in person? Then come down to the Pet Shop. We have a large selection of birds. Find out if we have the right cockatiel for you.

Why You’ll Love Hedgehogs as Pets

The woman one of the African hedgehogs in hand.

Fall in love hedgehogs and bring one home today.

Hedgehogs are the best. It’s amazing how delightful these spiky little companions are. However, we know how hard it can be to introduce a new pet into your life. That’s why we came up with this handy guide for you. Find out why bringing a hedgehog home will be the best decision you will ever make.

Wonderful Personalities

Hedgehogs are similar to hamsters when it comes to how they act. At first, they will be hesitant to do anything because they are adjusting to a new environment. If you learn to be patient and give them positive attention, the both of you will grow to have a positive relationship. You’ll find them to be shy at times but willing to interact with you if you are kind.

Hedgehogs Are Unique Creatures

There are plenty of reasons to love hedgehogs. They are cute, adorable, and their mousy little faces will melt your heart. They are also the perfect pet to show off to friends and family. People love to pet and look at their unique spines. The spines are what protrude out of their back, giving them their distinctive look.

Easy to Manage

Usually, most pets are troublesome to manage. However, you will find that hedgehogs are quite easy to maintain. For instance, they make very little noises and are less likely to cause mischief. Other small pets like rodents or hamsters love to chew on any and everything. You won’t find the same problem with a hedgehog.

Allergy-Friendly Pets

Another great aspect of hedgehogs is that they are allergy friendly. They don’t leave any pet dander around to trigger allergy symptoms. You’ll be able to hold them, play with them, and clean their cage with no issues.

We hope this convinces you to come down to the Pet Shop and bring home your very own spiky little friend. In fact, we are offering $100 off of all hedgehogs this month! Just mention our online pricing offer when you visit.